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    Film on Japan abductee seeks to raise awareness

    The American makers of a documentary about a Japanese girl kidnapped by North Korean agents hope that telling her story will bring her plight, and those of other abductees, to a wider audience around the world. Megumi Yokota, who disappeared on her way home from school in 1977 at the age of 13, has ...

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    Sony Classics Gets Zhang Yimou's New Film

    Zhang Yimou's period epic "Curse of the Golden Flower" has been nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics. The company nabbed North American and Latin American rights to the period epic, according to an announcement today. The film, currently shooting in China, stars Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li and marks the ninth time that Zhang Yimou and the Sony Classics team with work together. In an announcement, the company described the film's plot as being about "the volatile balance of power between the King (Chow Yun Fat) and the Queen (Gong Li) and his three sons, which entails betrayal, deceit and passion, pitting King against Queen and father against sons." ...

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    Death Metal: Chris Paine's "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

    The movement of documentaries into the mainstream has brought forth its share of negatives to go along with the obvious positive of a more inclusive market. Coupled as the upsurge has been with the rise of reality TV and the accessibility of DV, I suppose it shouldn't come as a shock that the popula...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. thre...

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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: "Prada" Opening, Lucas Hosts Filmmakers, Gore on "Green Day" and More

    The Los Angeles Film Festival got off to a glamorous start Thursday night with the L.A. premiere of David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada" in the heart of the event's new neighborhood, Westwood Village. Though the Fox release is clearly Hollywood fare (with a cast that includes such boldfaced names...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW: Kyle Henry, Director of "Room"

    Continuing its theatrical run, Kyle Henry's "Room" will open at New York's Pioneer Theater in the East Village this Wednesday. Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Henry's first fiction feature debuted at Sundance last year and later had its international premiere at the Cannes Fil...

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    LA TIMES: 10 L.A. Fest Films To Catch

    In a Los Angeles Film Festival preview piece published last week in the L.A. Times, Kevin Crust picks ten fest flicks worth seeing (from those available for him ahead of time), recommending a majority of docs.

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    Al Franken Doc, "God Spoke," Coming to Theaters This Fall; Balcony Planning Pre-Election Release

    Fresh from the festival circuit, Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus' "Al Franken: God Spoke" is set for a theatrical release later this year from Balcony Releasing. The film, shot over the course of two years, is a mostly verite look at the life of author and political satirist Al Franken.

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    MoMA's "Global Queer Cinema"

    The Museum of Modern Art will present "Another Wave: Global Queer Cinema," an exhibition of 56 international gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender film and media works produced since the late 1980s. The exhibition includes nonfiction, fiction, experimental shorts and feature films by filmmakers such as Francois Ozon ("Water Drops on Burning Rocks, 1999), Isaac Julien ("Young Soul Rebels," 1991), and Ulrike Ottinger ("Johanna d' Arc of Mongolia," 1989). Special programs devoted to the work of New York-based filmmaker Jim Hubbard, a series of personal films about AIDS, and a series dealing with issues of homosexuality and national identity co...

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    AP: Al Gore's Documentary Wins Special Award

    The Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" (directed by Davis Guggenheim) will receive a rare recognition from the Humanitas Prize, which honors screenwriting that helps "liberate, enrich and unify society." "An Inconvenient Truth," which chronicles Gore's quest to draw attention to global warm...

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